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Gronkowski (knee) was among the Patriots' players who did not suit up for Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, the Boston Globe reports.

Gronkowski wasn't expected to play in the contest, with the attention now in line to focus on his potential Week 1 availability. What the tight end, does -- or doesn't do -- in practice next week, will be telling in that regard.

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Though Gronkowski (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale, he continues to progress, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

The report suggests that, as has been the case since the spring, the goal remains for Gronkowski to suit up in Week 1. Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the tight end is in a "good spot," while putting forth the notion that the team's acquisition of fellow tight end Tim Wright on Tuesday is with depth and flexibility in mind, as opposed to being a move indicative of concern surrounding Gronkowski's status. In any case, when Gronkowski is healthy enough to play, his blocking and red zone presence are key components in the Patriots' offense, whereas Wright proves a complementary pass-catching threat for the team to employ in two-tight end formations.

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Gronkowski (knee) is in line to sit out Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

This was an expected outcome, though the report encouragingly notes that things are still on course in the tight end's recovery from knee surgery, while suggesting an "optimistic, but not certain" outlook with regard to Gronkowski's possible Week 1 status.

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Gronkowski (knee), who has been participating 11-on-11 drills, is not expected to play Friday against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.

At this stage, it would be no surprise if Gronkowski does not see any preseason game reps, though an absence of setbacks, coupled with his incremental progress, continues to offer encouragement with regard to his potential chances of suiting up in the Patriots' season opener.

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Gronkowski (knee) indicated that he absorbed minor contact during Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

While that isn't a declaration that Gronkowski has been cleared for contact, or specifically, full contact, the nugget is nonetheless encouraging. Moreover, Reiss also relayed that Gronkowski indicated after practice Monday that he has avoided setbacks with his knee thus far, and that his plan remains to play the Patriots' full 16-game regular season slate. It remains to be seen if the Patriots will sign off that notion, but at this stage, the tight end's incremental progress is a positive indicator with regard to that potential outcome.

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Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills during Monday's practice, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

The report suggests that Gronkowski had a lot of balls thrown his way during Monday's practice, though at this stage the tight end has yet to be cleared for contact. At this point, we'd be surprised to see Gronkowski suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, though continued incremental progress and a lack of setbacks do provide some encouragement with regard the tight end's potential Week 1 prospects.

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Gronkowski (knee), who has yet to be cleared for contact, is among the Patriots not expected to suit up for Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.

Of course, with Gronkowski not yet cleared for contact, it's pretty safe to assume that he won't play Friday and it's unclear if he will see any preseason action for that matter, as suggested earlier this week by ESPN's Adam Schefter. While it's encouraging that there have been no reported setbacks to date in Gronkowski's recovery from Jan. 9 knee surgery, the closer we get to the Patriots' Sept. 7 regular season opener against the Dolphins, the more important it is that he gains clearance for contact, an eventuality for which there is still no precise timetable outlined.

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Gronkowski (knee) saw limited work at Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles, with the session focusing largely on 11-on-11 work, csnne.com reports.

The Patriots' tight end has yet to be cleared for contact, with ESPN's Adam Schefter suggesting at this stage that that he would be surprised to see Gronkowski suit up for preseason action. While it's unclear when Gronkowski might be cleared for contact, a key milestone toward his goal of suiting up in Week 1, on the plus side, there have been no reported setbacks in the tight end's recovery from Jan. 9 knee surgery to date.

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Though Gronkowski (knee) is still sporting a red (non-contact jersey), he participated in 7-on-7 drills during Monday's practice, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Though it's unclear when Gronkowski will be cleared for contact, this nugget represents a positive milestone, as the tight end continues to move in the right direction with regard to the goal of suiting up for the Patriots' regular season opener.

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Gronkowski, who did not travel with his teammates to Richmond, Va. last week for joint practices with the Redskins, indicated that he is feeling better after the time off, the Boston Globe reports. "Just listened to the trainers, stayed back, just working out and stuff, getting in shape," Gronkowski said of his recent activities. "Basically, I went hard during the practices all last week and just a little time off to let the knee heal up a little bit more. You know, you can't always be grinding on it 24/7 coming off an injury. You've got to let it heal. You've got to hit it hard and let it heal. So [there have been] no setbacks, I'm improving every single week [and] feeling better since the time off."

Thus far, Gronkowski has not been participating in team drills in training camp, but the tight end notes that he has been "going full speed in the drills" that he has been working in, which thus far have not included full contact. While there is generally optimism regarding the chances of Gronkowski's chances of suiting up in Week 1, he acknowledged on that front that he and the team "really don't have a schedule all set and planned. Our schedule is to just get better every single day, every single week, and that's what's been going on."